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1943 Hillman Minx Phase I

1943 Hillman Minx Phase I in Doctor at Sea, Movie, 1955 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: UK

1943 Hillman Minx Phase I

[*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

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sixcyl FR

2007-09-05 07:39

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chris40 UK

2007-09-05 08:39

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Hillman Minx, 1946-7ish. Registration seems earlier :??:

Sunbar UK

2007-09-05 12:44

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Introduced in September 1939 (therefore 1940 model year) Hillman Minx. A few were initially sold for civilian use but they were also commonly used for military purposes. After 1946 normal civilian sales were reintroduced.

Rear hinged bonnet, by the grill being divided just above the bumper level plus the three vertical chrome strips on either side of the grill.

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chris40 UK

2007-09-06 21:38

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Didn't the military ones have mesh grilles like the Tillies?

Sunbar UK

2007-09-07 12:56

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Its true the military version "Tillies" had mesh grills but they were only introduced from about 1943 I believe.

Early military versions had the same grill as the saloon. So far I cannot say if the military 'staff-car', based on the saloon, also changed to the mesh grill but it would seem likely.
http://www.tillyregister.com/register7a.html

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chris40 UK

2007-09-07 18:50

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Umm ... that staff car's a 1938 model with the older grille and the sloping, not humped, back :/

http://clutch.open.ac.uk/schools/emerson00/images/pid_hillman_minx.jpg

I'm not arguing, I'm just not sure the thumbnail's relevant.



Sunbar UK

2007-09-07 21:47

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No problem.... ;)

You're right about the 1938 version, I never noticed. :o The bonnet catches for the side-opening bonnet are visible. I assumed wrongly that it was a post 1939 version - the small size of the pictures does not help.

Is it possible that the staff car was a false representation or a reconstruction for a museum exhibit?
edit: The car turns out to have been sold to a private owner in 1938 then in 1939 it was requisitioned by Ministry of Defence and transferred to the RAF for bomb disposal use. History here.... http://clutch.open.ac.uk/schools/emerson00/EV_Minx_popup.html

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chris40 UK

2007-09-07 22:00

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I *think* only the RAF used the earlier version. The one in your thumbnail and my link is in the Shuttleworth Collection, which I'd have thought was pretty authoritative.

dsl SX

2016-10-02 01:11

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RC 8264 was 1943 Derbyshire plate.

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